History Comes to Life in Season 2 of WGN America’s ‘Underground’
Mar08

History Comes to Life in Season 2 of WGN America’s ‘Underground’

The abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who died in 1895, is certainly having a moment—notwithstanding President Trump’s recent comment about him that many interpreted as the president thinking Douglass was still alive. Ten-time Grammy Award-winning musician John Legend will portray the African-American social reformer in WGN America’s “Underground,” the historic drama series on which Legend is one of the executive producers. That’s just...

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It’s Meryl Time at the Costume Designers Guild Awards
Feb23

It’s Meryl Time at the Costume Designers Guild Awards

“Live from the Meryl Streep Ballroom,” said actress Mandy Moore as she began her hosting duties for the 19th Costume Designers Guild Awards, held Tuesday February 21 in what is otherwise known as the Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom. Ms. Streep was not only the elephant in the room, she was actually in the room to receive the Guild’s Distinguished Collaborator Award as the capper to the evening, which annually honors costume...

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Things Get Political as ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Atlanta’ Score Big at WGA Awards
Feb20

Things Get Political as ‘Arrival,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Atlanta’ Score Big at WGA Awards

It was certainly telegraphed that there would be a comedic mash-up of politics and performance at the 2017 Writers Guild Awards when the West Coast ceremonies kicked off with a brief video that focused on the ethnicities of Guild members and ended with a hammer and sickle woven into the WGA logo. Host Patton Oswalt, in his second year running as emcee of the ceremonies, then brought out the “trophy girls,” two Russian Army soldiers....

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Awards Season’s Most Acclaimed Filmmakers Reveal Their Challenges
Feb15

Awards Season’s Most Acclaimed Filmmakers Reveal Their Challenges

For going on two decades, it is an event that has become an anticipated awards season tradition, shining a spotlight not only on the creators of the most acclaimed films of the year but also upon the cultural and societal landscape of which they become part and parcel. Last year’s Beyond Words panel discussion with the Writers Guild Award-nominated screenwriters was set smack dab in the middle of the raging #OscarsSoWhite controversy....

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Eagles of Death Metal: An American Band That Will Never Forget Paris
Feb13

Eagles of Death Metal: An American Band That Will Never Forget Paris

Jesse Hughes was visibly nervous, fearful even, frantically packing to go to Paris. The lead singer and co-founder of the Southern California-based band Eagles of Death Metal was going back to Paris for the first time since the horrendous night of November 13, 2015, when three heavily armed ISIS terrorists burst into a nightclub during the band’s set and murdered 89 people. That’s how a riveting new feature documentary, “Eagles of...

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